Cardistry: The Inaugural International Cardistry Open

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Cardistry: The Inaugural International Cardistry Open


The International Cardistry Open (#ico) is a global individual cardistry tournament. The goal is to determine the cardist who excel in all aspects of cardistry. This inaugural tournament is organised by and supported by New Deck Order (NDO), Three of Clubs and Kardify. The tournament will begin in August and finish in September. Registrations opens on the 26th July.

Rules and Terms & Conditions

Please head over to to read the full term and conditions of the tournament.

Tournament Format

#ico is a knockout tournament. Consisting of two classes: Beginner and Veteran. Each cardists in the Beginner class will compete in 2 rounds (preliminary and finals) and the Veteran class, 4 rounds (preliminary, round 2, semi finals and finals). Unsuccessful cardists are eliminated from the competition while winning cardists advance to the next round. The winners of the final round will be the #ico champion! Cardists will be asked to produce a 30sec video for each round. The format or content of the video will be announce on the first day of each round.

+ Veteran
August 1: Preliminary
August 15: Round 2
August 30: Semi-Finals
September 13: Finals

+ Beginner 
August 15: Preliminary
August 30: Finals


The judging panel for this inaugural tournament consists of:
+ Jaspas Deck, Wold Kardistry Champion 13/14 and founder of NDO.
+ Lance Miller, playing card designer and founder of Lance Miller Cardistry
+ Joey Heininger, owner of
+ Eli Retschlag, playing card designer and cardist on RetschlagMagician
+ Ivan Choe, founder of kardify

Veteran Class is judged on best demonstrated overall mastery of all aspects of cardistry, which includes execution, difficulty, creativity and presentation. Beginner Class is judged on demonstrated basic aspects of cardistry, which includes execution and creativity.


We have the biggest prize pool of any cardistry tournament to date and this does not happen without the generosity of our sponsors.

Richies Card Store
Card Launcher
Dead on Paper
Kings & Crooks
Design Killer
Tomlinson Cards
Half Moon Playing Cards
Max Playing Cards
Dan and Dave
Also a big thank you to Josh Kuperstein a trusted collector and trader.

Again, a big thanks to our sponsors!


Can't do cardistry? Head on over to the #ico group page and participate: leaving comments on posts and feedbacks on videos to win yourself a few rare playing card deck from our giveaways when the tournament kicks off.

So, don't miss out! Join us and cardists of all skill levels from around the world over to compete, share ideas, and become the very first ICO champion.

Cardistry: The Inaugural International Cardistry Open Reviewed by Ivan on 7/28/2014 Rating: 5


  1. Are videos of this going to be posted online?

  2. Yes they will. All videos will be linked to the ICO Facebook page.


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